Endeavour in Dock

Its modern day namesake ship, the Space Shuttle Endeavour, made the news of late, on its last voyage to its museum home. But this is the Endeavour that the Shuttle is named for and a ship that also made scientific history.

This is the modern but authentically crafted replica of HMB Endeavour, the ship Lt. James Cook commanded on his first round the world expedition. The principle goal was to observe the June 1769 transit of Venus from Tahiti. But Cook sailed on to map the then unknown coastline of New Zealand and the east coast of New Holland, now Australia. It was an astronomical expedition that changed the world.

The replica Endeavour just completed a circumnavigation of Australia, something the original ship never did, and now is moored at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney. I visited it October 30 as part of my homage to Cook and my own astronomical expedition to see the total eclipse of the Sun. In a couple of weeks I’ll be in Cooktown near the top end of Queensland where, in 1770, the original Endeavour ran aground on the Barrier Reef. An anchor from the original ship is still there.

– Alan, November 1, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer

4 Replies to “Endeavour in Dock”

  1. Thanks for the photo and text on HMS Endeavour (replica), Alan. What a surprise to see it on your website! That ship is said to be the most accurate replica of an 18th century bark ever made. I had the incredible experience of spending 8 days on her back in 1998 while she sailed from Halifax to Bermuda on her around-the-world voyage. If you toured the ship you likely saw the tiny cabin I occupied: Dr. Solander’s cabin on the original Endeavour.

  2. The replica Endeavour and the modern DND Research Vessel CFAV Endeavour were once in the Port of Halifax at the same time, back in the 90s.

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